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About Justin Rossow
Justin Rossow (b. 1972) was born in Flint, MI and inherited a love of language, literature, performance, and theology early on. With generations of church workers in his family and formative experiences living abroad, Justin combines a heart for God's people with an understanding of culture and communication. Putting his background in English, Music, and Theater to good use, Justin began a career of service in the church, first as a Director of Worship and Music and later as a parish pastor. Along the way, he also earned a Masters of Divinity as well as PhD in Theology and Culture. The focus of his doctoral work centered on conceptual metaphor theory and how metaphor shapes the way we understand and imagine our everyday lives. His heart for next step discipleship grew out of decades of service trying to help people delight in taking a small next step following Jesus. Justin left full-time parish ministry to found Next Step Press and the Next Step Community, ministries that focus on creative and innovative experimentation to impact real people in meaningful ways. His book "Delight! Discipleship as the Adventure of Loving and Being Loved" was awarded the 2020 BIBA® Award for best independently published book in the Christian category.
Justin writes, presents, teaches, and preaches at the intersection of Scripture, culture, and metaphor theory. With 20 years of ministry experience focused especially on discipleship, Justin brings a refreshing and encouraging voice to the adventure of helping people delight in taking a next step. Justin is known for his insight and energy, and writes like he talks: with humor, humility, and profound dependence on Jesus.
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This book will bring you joy.
Preaching week in and week out can be a burden. This book invites you into a way of experiencing preaching that brings life back into your pulpit.
Contemporary metaphor theory provides new methods for engaging the biblical text and shaping sermons that matter. With humor and insight, Justin Rossow harnesses the most relevant advances in metaphor theory to empower your preaching and equip you to impact the everyday lives of real people.
You’ll be delighted at the quality of the example sermons and anxious to put these tools to work in your own preaching ministry. This book is not about making your propositional point a little more interesting; this book will change how you imagine the preaching task.
Refreshingly faithful, theoretically nuanced, purposefully practical, and at times laugh out loud funny, Preaching Metaphor will help you fall in love with preaching all over again.
What critics are saying:
“Remarkably clear, compelling, and practical.” “Humble, winsome, and knowledgeable.”
“A pioneering and incredible piece of work.” “This book is a joy to read.”
“A gift to the preacher.” “Thank God for Justin.”
From the introduction:
“I just want to help make next Sunday a little easier for you and for your hearers. And maybe, if things go as planned, I might even help you delight in the preaching task a little more than you have in awhile. You see, I am on your side; I think what you do week in and week out is amazing. And I want to help.
In order to help, I want to talk about metaphor. I know, I know; talking about metaphor sounds all artistic and poetic—and it can be—but, as we shall see, metaphor is also a fundamental tool for how we make sense of our lives, reach decisions, imagine possibilities, and evaluate outcomes. Because metaphor is a fundamental tool of human thought and experience, getting a better handle on metaphor opens up all kinds of possibilities for reading and preaching Scripture.”
You bring God joy.
And God intends the feeling to be mutual.
This book will help you lean into Joyful Delight, Thoughtful Delight, Playful Delight, Delicious Delight, and Desirable Delight in your life with God. Delight! invites you into a real, accessible, and down-to-earth way of experiencing the adventure of following Jesus.
Of course you will know struggle and failure. Of course you will know grief and shame. But you don't have to carry the burden of getting your faith walk right; you already make Jesus jump for joy and sing his happy song. The Creator of the Universe thinks you're something special. Even when life is confusing or difficult, the Spirit is shaping you with care and delight.
- Are you tired of religion?
- Are you beat down by anxiety or doubt?
- Do you long for something more in your life of faith?
Let go of your burden. Take a deep breath. And let's explore what it means to follow Jesus on the adventure of your life--an adventure marked by challenge and repentance and difficulty, but marked most fundamentally by mutual delight!
The LORD will take great delight in you;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be full."
From the Book"Following Jesus isn't supposed to weigh you down; it's supposed to make you dance. Following Jesus isn't supposed to limit your fun; it's supposed to open you up to freedom you have never known before. Following Jesus isn't a burden to carry, even when you carry your cross; to follow Jesus is certainly to know suffering and trouble and dying to self and struggling with doubt, but fundamentally--fundamentally!--following Jesus is about delight.
Jesus delights in you; and Jesus loves it when you feel the same about him. That's what following Jesus is all about."
What People Are Saying
In Delight!, Justin Rossow widens our lens for understanding grace as he explores the delight God has in us and the delight God gives to us. The impact will ripple into every area of your spiritual walk. Delight! brings both lightness and depth to the Scriptures and to our relationships with our Great God.
HEIDI GOEHMANN, author of Altogether Beautiful: A Study of the Song of Songs
Have we lost our sense of delight? Today delight seems to be reduced to each person's version of personal happiness. Or delight is simply missed altogether because we are too busy and anxious to notice it. In a deeply reflective and devotional way, Rossow puts delight back on the agenda of the theology of the Christian life. Taking us on a biblical journey of discovery around God's vision of delight for us, he invites us to receive this gift, revel in it, and, yes, delight in it!
LEOPOLDO A. SANCHEZ M.
We also learned some things about our communication culture in the process. The dynamics of attendance and online engagement were already in the works before the first quarantine; COVID simply pushed us over a cliff we had been skirting for years.
As life begins to look a little more normal (at least until the next spike or outbreak), now is a good time to consider what quarantine preaching taught us about sermons, sermon series, and your preaching ministry in a post-COVID culture.
Round up your staff; wrangle your elders; schedule a circuit pastors meeting: find someone to debrief with you, and let's think about what we have learned and what we can take forward.
Preaching during COVID was a real challenge. And we can reap some real benefits if we take the time to learn.
No matter what you are feeling, you are not alone.
This book, written by teenager girls for teenage girls, will help you lean into your emotions and develop an attitude of exploration and adventure when it comes to discovering what Jesus is doing in your life.
These devotions and prayers provide a real, accessible, and down-to-earth way of inviting Jesus into whatever emotions you are experiencing. Whether you get one for yourself or for a teenager you love, this resource is an invitation to take a small step toward following Jesus in every emotion.
INSIDE YOU'LL FIND:
★ Real Emotions
Five teenage girls, ages 13 to 19, chose the emotions for this book and then wrote openly and honestly about how they experience these emotions in their everyday lives.
★ Real Encouragement
Are you frustrated? Are you tired? Are you lonely, or hopeful, or confident, or carefree? Whatever you are feeling, you are not alone.
★ A Real Jesus
Time and time again, these young women help you invite Jesus into your experience. This is no quick fix book on how to stop feeling what you feel. This is a sing at the top of your lungs, shout out your prayers, or talk to the ceiling fan if God doesn’t seem to be listening kind of book. Be real. Be you. And you’ll find a real Jesus walking right beside you the whole time.
INVITE JESUS INTO YOUR EMOTIONS
The teenage authors of this book chose six emotions for each of six key emotional experiences. In the Emotion Wheel on the front cover, you can find all 36 of the emotions covered in this devotional book in the second ring of emotions.
Each of the authors brings her unique perspective and her unique experiences to these emotions. Their honest joys and struggles invite other teens to experience themselves and their emotions fully, and to invite Jesus into that experience.
Each devotion includes a helpful description of an emotion, including some of the ways that emotion gets expressed in physical ways. After sharing a carefully-selected Bible verse and their own, personal experience of the emotion, each author also searches Scripture to find a Bible character who might have gone through something similar. That People Like Me section of each devotion helps highlight the fact that, whatever you are feeling, you are not alone.
Each emotion devotion ends with a personal prayer, and the invitation to add your own thoughts and your own personal prayers. Brief faith experiments and reflection questions extend that invitation beyond the devotion and into the rest of your day or week.
PRAISE FOR THE EMOTIONAL DEVOTIONAL
As a Deaconess, Licensed Counselor, accomplished author, and mom, Heidi Goehmann knows a thing or two about teenagers, emotions, and following Jesus. Here's what Heidi had to say:
The Emotional Devotional offers teens a space to explore the many and complicated emotions that are a beautiful and frustrating part of life here on this earth, within a framework of Creation, Grace, and Redemption in Christ Jesus.
This resource uniquely offers the normalizing impact of one teen talking to another teen, reading and learning together, around who they are in this body and who they are in Christ. Thank you to the teens for being willing to share their voices and their experiences.
Learning to Pray, “Come, Holy Spirit!”
When was the last time you prayed for the Holy Spirit? The person and work of the Spirit sometimes seem mysterious, if not confusing. We pray to the Father and the Son while the Spirit often remains behind the scenes, a silent partner in God’s Work in the world. But the Scriptures envision so much more.
Over the course of 40 days, this Discipleship Travel Log explores the role of the Spirit as a sculptor who shapes us to look more like Jesus. The daily Scripture readings, devotions, and prayers help you lean into the work of the Spirit in your everyday life. Custom-made Faith Experiments will help you:
✓ Try Something New
You will be equipped and encouraged to run discipleship experiments and find a tool to take with you on your journey of faith.
✓ Find a Next Step
As you explore God’s Word, you’ll begin to look for the response the Sculptor Spirit is shaping in you.
✓ Get into a Groove
Over the course of these 40 days, you will practice a rhythm of innovation and experimentation for the sake of the Gospel.
Jesus again extends his gracious invitation: “You, follow me!” The Spirit is already working in your life. The Father gladly gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask.
Today is a good day to pray, “Come, Holy Spirit! Help me take a small next step.”
How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask! (Luke 11:13)
“To guide and equip you in the lifelong journey of Christlike discipleship, I commend the work of my friend and colleague Justin Rossow. Through his rich and insightful devotional writing, he will strengthen your knowledge of and trust in the Sculptor Spirit’s formative work in your life.”
From the Foreword by Leopoldo Sánchez, author of Sculptor Spirit: Models of Sanctification from Spirit Christology.
The Spirit at Work in You
By looking at how the Spirit worked in the life of Jesus, we see more clearly how the Spirit still works in our lives. Over the course of 40 guided readings and prayers, Come, Holy Spirit explores each of these themes in depth:
- Renewal: Daily dying and rising in baptism.
- Spiritual Warfare: Struggle and temptation.
- Pouring: Filled up and overflowing to others.
- Hospitality: A heart for outsiders.
- Rhythm: A pattern of rest, work, and play.
How do you see these activities of the Sculptor Spirit at work in you and in your life right now?
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138:8)
“You, Follow Me!”
The series title comes from Jesus’ invitation to Peter not only at the very beginning of the Gospels, but at the very end: the resurrected Jesus at the seashore extends a discipleship invitation to Peter again, even after Peter denied Jesus and ran away.
That invitation is for you, too: no matter how often you let Jesus down when push comes to shove, the resurrected Jesus wants to focus your eyes on what’s important: “You, follow me!”
Volume 4: Easter to Pentecost
You can take this 40-day journey any time during the year.